Getting Resourced: Perhaps the critics aren?t right anymore?

Jon Cornwall

A youth minister looks at some of the ways that Youth Ministry has changed and is changing. Jon Cornwall has worked in various youth centres across the country. He is currently the Programme Director of the New Centre for Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Youth Ministry has its critics, you might be one of them. Despite a decade in residential youth ministry I would consider myself to be fairly critical too. Together with the help of some school chaplains, parish youth leaders, experienced youth ministers and ? critically ? a young person or two, some fruitful debates arose. We have discussed our greatest hopes for youth ministry, the best lessons learned and the areas which still need improving. The conversations were strikingly hopeful, we were honest with each other about the mistakes which have been made and taken our share of responsibility.

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